Chicagoland home to the nation’s top 2 high schools

by Peter Thomas Ricci


In an incredible testament to the area’s education resources, five Chicagoland high schools were ranked among the 10 best in the U.S. in a new Niche analysis – including the No. 1 and 2 spots.

The rankings are as follows: Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire nabbed the top spot, with the Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy in Aurora coming in at No. 2; then, Northside College Preparatory High School was No. 6, Whitney M. Young Magnet High School was No. 7 and Walter Payton College Prep was No. 9.

See our chart below for a more detailed breakdown of Niche’s full top 10:

School DistrictAcademicsCulture/DiversityParent/Student SurveysTeachers
Adlai E. Stevenson High School (Lincolnshire, IL)A+B4.3/5A+
Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy (Aurora, IL)A+A-3.8/5A+
Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics & Humanities (Muncie, IN)A+B+4.5/5A+
Stuyvesant High School (New York)A+A-4.1/5A+
Staten Island Technical High School (Staten Island, NY)A+A4.4/5A+
Northside College Preparatory High School (Chicago)A+A+4.2/5A+
Whitney M. Young Magnet High School (Chicago)A+A+4.3/5A+
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology (Alexandria, VA)A+B4.0/5A+
Walter Payton College Prep (Chicago)A+A4.2/5A+
Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science & Technology (Lawrenceville, GA)A+A+4.3/5A+

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